Profiles & Bios

16
Dec
2014

Margaret Mead (Anthropologist/Women's Rights Activist)

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margaret-meadMargaret Mead (December 16, 1901 – November 15, 1978) was an American cultural anthropologist, who was frequently a featured writer and speaker in the mass media throughout the 1960s and 1970s.

She was both a popularizer of the insights of anthropology into modern American and Western culture, and also a respected, if controversial, academic anthropologist.

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08
Dec
2014

Grace Murray Hopper (U.S. Navy Rear Admiral/Computer Scientist)

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grace-murray-hopper.jpgRear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906 – January 1, 1992) was an American computer scientist and United States Naval officer.

A pioneer in the field, she was one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer, and she developed the first compiler for a computer programming language.

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01
Dec
2014

Bette Midler (Singer/Actress/Comedian)

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bette-midler.jpgBette Midler (born December 1, 1945) is an American singer, actress and comedian, also known (by her informal stage name) as The Divine Miss M.

She has starred in live-action films such as Ruthless People and Hocus Pocus, and featured in animated films such as Oliver & Company and Fantasia 2000.

During her 40-plus-year career, Midler has been nominated for two Academy Awards; she has won three Grammy Awards, four Golden Globes, three Emmy Awards, and a special Tony Award.

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29
Nov
2014

Louisa May Alcott (Novelist)

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louisa_may_alcott.jpgLouisa May Alcott (November 29, 1832 – March 6, 1888) was an American novelist. She is best known for the novel Little Women, set in the Alcott family home, Orchard House in Concord, Massachusetts, and published in 1868. This novel is loosely based on her childhood experiences with her three sisters.

Alcott was the daughter of noted transcendentalist and educator Amos Bronson Alcott and Abigail May Alcott. She shared a birthday with her father on November 29, 1832.

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28
Nov
2014

Rita Mae Brown (Writer/Screenwriter)

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rita-mae-brown.jpgRita Mae Brown (born November 28, 1944) is an American writer.

She is best known for her first novel Rubyfruit Jungle. Published in 1973, it dealt with lesbian themes in an explicit manner unusual for the time. Brown is also a mystery writer and screenwriter.

Brown was born in Hanover, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Florida, and as of 2004 lived outside Charlottesville, Virginia.

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26
Nov
2014

Kathryn Bigelow (Film Director)

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kathryn-bigelow.jpgKathryn Ann Bigelow (born November 27, 1951) is an American film director.

Her best-known films are the cult horror film Near Dark (1987), the surfer/bank robbery action picture Point Break (1991), the historical/mystery film The Weight of Water (2000) and the war drama The Hurt Locker (2009).

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19
Nov
2014

Indira Gandhi (Indian Prime Minister for Four Terms)

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indira-gandhi.jpgIndira Priyadarshini Gandhi (Hindi: इंदिरा प्रियदर्शिनी गांधी Indirā Priyadarśinī Gāndhī; née: Nehru; 19 November 1917 – 31 October 1984) was the Prime Minister of the Republic of India for three consecutive terms from 1966 to 1977 and for a fourth term from 1980 until her assassination  in 1984, a total of fifteen years.

She was India's first and to date, only female prime minister. She is the world's all time longest serving female Prime Minister.

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18
Nov
2014

Dorothy Draper (Pioneer Interior Designer)

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Dorothy DraperDorothy Draper (born Dorothy Tuckerman November 22, 1889, died March 11, 1969) was an influential and innovative American interior decorator of the early to mid 20th century.

She helped inspire a generation of home improvement devotees with her 1939 book Decorating is Fun!, subtitled "How to Be Your Own Decorator". 

Her book Entertaining is Fun! How to Be a Popular Hostess, was reissued in 2004.

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17
Nov
2014

Fairuz (Singer/Diva)

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fairuz.jpgNouhad Wadi Haddad (Arabic: نهاد حداد‎) (born November 21, 1935), famously known as Fairuz (Arabic: فيروز‎), is a Lebanese singer who is widely considered to be the most famous living singer in the Arab world and one of the best known of all time.

She was born in Jabal al Arz (Cedar Mountain) to a Syriac Catholic father and a Maronite mother, and converted to Greek Orthodoxy when she married Assi Rahbani, one of two brothers who helped shape her career.

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16
Nov
2014

Billie Jean King (Winner of 39 Grand Slams)

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billie-jean-king.jpgBillie Jean King (née Moffitt; born November 22, 1943 in Long Beach, California) is a former professional tennis player from the United States.

She won 12 Grand Slam  singles titles, 16 Grand Slam women's doubles titles, and 11 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles.

King has long been an advocate against sexism in sports and society.

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11
Nov
2014

Alice Ramsey (Driver / Maverick / Pioneer)

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Alice Huyler RamseyAlice Huyler Ramsey (11 November 1886 – 10 September 1983) was the first woman to drive across the United States from coast to coast.

Ramsey was born Alice Taylor Huyler, the daughter of John Edwin Huyler, a lumber dealer, and Ada Mumford Farr.

She graduated from Vassar College in 1907.

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05
Nov
2014

5 Amazing Women Born on November 5

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Ida TarbellIda Tarbell, Journalist (1857 - 1944) 

Born in Pennsylvania, USA, in 1857, Tarbell was the only woman in her graduating class in 1880.

She became and investigative reporting pioneer whose stories led to the breakup of the Standard Oil Company's monopoly.  More here.

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21
Oct
2014

Barbara Enright (Poker Trailblazer)

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Barbara Enright

There is a buzz about poker right now.

It’s a game whose time has come - not that it’s ever been away - but there is something undeniably fashionable about the old five card stud routine right now.

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11
Oct
2014

Eleanor Roosevelt (First Lady/U.S. Delegate to the UN/Human Rights Activist)

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eleanor-roosevelt.jpgAnna Eleanor Roosevelt (October 11, 1884 – November 7, 1962) was the First Lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945.

She supported the New Deal policies of her husband, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and was an advocate for civil rights. After her husband died in 1945, Roosevelt continued to be an internationally prominent author, speaker, politician, and activist.

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02
Oct
2014

Donna Karan (Fashion Designer/ DKNY)

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donna-karan.jpgDonna Karan (born October 2, 1948) is an American Jewish fashion designer and the creator of the Donna Karan New York and DKNY clothing labels.

Karan was born Donna Ivy Faske in Forest Hills, Queens, USA. She grew up in Woodmere, Long Island, New York, with her stepfather, a tailor, and her mother, a model.

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